Business travel is the practice of people traveling for purposes related to their work. It is on the rise especially with foreign business markets opening up. 432 million business trips were completed by United States residents in 2009, this accounted for approximately $215 billion dollars towards the economy.
Many airlines began to concentrate on providing premium service on long haul flights especially for the first and business class business traveler with the development of more sophisticated business traveler needs over the last 15 years.
American Airlines was the first airline to offer a frequent flier program to customers. The AAdvantage program began in May 1981 and included Hertz car rental and Hyatt hotel. The first hotel to start an independent hotel program was Holiday Inn; they began in January 1983. National Car Rental was the first car rental company to introduce a program back in March 1987. Airlines have also been working on tools that benefit the business travellers such as: Improved and competitive mileage programs, quick check in and online check in, lounges with broadband connection, etc. Hotels are not far behind. They are also on the competition for the business travellers by offering flexible points programs, broadband connection in all rooms and fast check in and check out services.
While internet booking engines have become the first destination for around 60% of leisure travelers, business travelers, especially with the need for itineraries that may include more than one destination, have still found that a knowledgeable travel agent may be their best resource for better ticket pricing, less hassle and better air and land travel planning. For larger business travel accounts these travel agents take on a travel management role, and are referred to as Travel Management Companies (TMCs), providing services such as consultancy, traveller tracking, data and negotiation assistance and policy advice.
Recent trends in this market have extended to the implementation of Self Booking Tools (SBTs) which allow automated booking of trips within company policy, an increase in the inclusion of Duty of care practices in the booking and monitoring process and more consideration for the environmental impact of business travel.
Top three expense categories for business travel:
- Airline expenses
- Hotel expenses
- Food and beverage expenses
... In most airlines the staff travel department (also referred to as a Pass Bureau) handles all the activities related to staff travel ... Leisure travel (standby and confirmed) for employees, spouse and dependents, companions and/or domestic partners, leisure travel for executives ... Yet another major activity that comes under the purview of the staff travel department is duty travel (also referred to as business travel) ...
... The Association of Corporate Travel Executives was founded in 1988, by Peter Jensen, a limousine operator based in New Jersey, USA ... Jensen wanted to create a global organization, in which corporate travel managers and suppliers were able to have an equal say in its governance, and could work ... Jensen reflected the views of many within the corporate travel supplier community who wanted an alternative to other business travel professional organizations, such as the National Business Travel ...
... Christopherson Business Travel was originally founded by Merrill and Lucille Christopherson in 1953 ... In January 2008, the company merged with Andavo Travel, creating one of the top 20 U.S ... travel management companies ...
... Business travel is the practice of people traveling for purposes related to their work ... It is on the rise especially with foreign business markets opening up. 432 million business trips were completed by United States residents in 2009, this accounted for approximately $215 billion dollars towards the economy ...
Famous quotes containing the words travel and/or business:
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson (18501894)
“And what if my descendants lose the flower
Through natural declension of the soul,
Through too much business with the passing hour,
Through too much play, or marriage with a fool?”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)